Michelle Pastel Corning SMLCThe Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) has announced that the SMLC Executive Committee has elected Michelle Pastel of Corning Inc., to serve as Secretary on the Board of Directors, effective immediately.

In search for a new Secretary position, the Executive Committee sought a candidate who would represent the voice of the manufacturing industry to further strengthen SMLC’s leading position in Smart Manufacturing through ensuring industry alignment. Michelle Pastel has already made a positive impact on driving SMLC’s technology development and commercialization plans.

SMLC CEO Denise Swink, states, “Michelle Pastel is leading a corporate renaissance in Corning, exploring and embracing Smart Manufacturing philosophies and potential. We are very fortunate for her leading Corning’s representation in SMLC and contributing her experiences, ideas and enthusiasm for leveraging collaboration opportunities with other SMLC members. She will be a key component of the Executive Committee leadership.”

Michelle Pastel earned her degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico. She joined Corning in 1993 as a Systems Engineer, and is currently the Manager of Measurements, Controls, and Systems Innovation in Corning’s Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Division, Advanced Engineering Directorate, focused on collaborating with Science & Technology, as well as Corning’s businesses, to deliver differentiating technology solutions in the areas of measurements, advanced process control, laser processing, imaging systems, and systems integration technologies for products and processes to enable Corning’s research and development programs to innovate new products and manufacturing processes.

Throughout Pastel’s career, she has held technology, engineering and manufacturing positions in many divisions including Corning Optical Fiber, Components Products, Photonics Technology, Optical Networking Devices, and MTE. These roles have included Production Support Leader, Technical Support Leader, New Product Introduction Leader, Process Development Leader, Technology Demonstration Leader, Portfolio Manager, Project Manager, and Department Manager. Through her work in MTE, she also has experience in other businesses including Corning Asahi Video, Consumer Products, American Video, Integrated Die Manufacturing, and S&T.

“I am honored to be given this opportunity and thrilled to be working for the SMLC in this capacity,” states Pastel. “As we work together to implement the Smart Manufacturing philosophy and create the systems that support it, we will undoubtedly improve US manufacturers’ competitive position in the world. This will be an industrial revolution of sorts and I’m excited to be a part of making it possible for each of our organizations.”

SMLC Treasurer, Tom Edgar, states, “Through her practitioner lens, Michelle’s enthusiasm, leadership and commitment to transform the manufacturing industry have proved to be a major contribution to SMLC’s success.”

On July 12, Jim Wetzel, Technical Director at General Mills, accepted the position as SMLC’s new Chair. Wetzel states, “We believe Michelle Pastel represents an ideal champion for Smart Manufacturing; she has demonstrated great leadership skills through identifying opportunities within Corning to leverage and contribute to SMLC’s comprehensive smart manufacturing initiative. The SMLC is honored to have Michelle serve on the Executive Committee and provide a critical role to achieving SMLC’s vision and mission.”

Important information about the organization

The SMLC is a non-profit organization comprised of manufacturing practitioner, supplier, and technology companies; manufacturing consortia; universities; federal agency and government laboratories. SMLC is building the nation’s first open SM Platform for collaborative industrial-networked information applications through at-scale demonstrations. The SM Platform enables manufacturing companies of all sizes to gain easy, affordable access to modeling and analytical technologies that can be tailored to meet cross-industry business-case objectives without having to retrofit existing systems.

SMLC envisions a 21st century SM enterprise (from suppliers, OEMs, and companies to supply chains) that is fully integrated, knowledge-enabled, and model rich. Such visibility across the enterprise (internal and external) would radically improve the ability to inform decisions and drive action.

Partners Involved: Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMPSoCal); American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE); Alcoa; American Institute of Chemical Engineers; American Society of Quality (ASQ); Association of State Energy Research & Technology Transfer Institutions (ASERTTI); ARC; CalTech – Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Corning; DOE; Emerson; Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); General Dynamics; General Electric; General Mills; General Motors; Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA); MTConnect Institute; National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO); North Carolina State University (NCSU); Nimbis Services, Inc.; NIST; NSF; OSIsoft; Owens Corning; Pfizer Inc.; Praxair; Purdue University; Rockwell Automation; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI); Savigent Software; Schneider Electric; Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME); Southwest Research Institute (SWRI); Spitzer and Boyes LLC; Sustainable Solutions; Tulane – Center for Polymer Reaction Monitoring and Characterization; UCLA; University of Texas – Austin

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